“Eastern Crossing” is the second part of a larger work that’s inspired by the similarities in traditional music; from the south-east of Europe and all the way through the northern countries.
As always, the song are recorded with real instruments, but its extra fun when the instrumentation requires more “unconventional” instruments, such as sitars and orchestral percussion (like timpani and huge drums).
But the most ambitious part of the recording surfaced when I decided to record the whole string arrangement by myself.
The string section contains 49 cellos, 4 upright basses and a couple of violins (with 2 to 4 microphones per instrument, it became a pretty large mix). Fortunately it wasn’t necessary to edit these tracks too much.
I also wanted the strings to sound a bit like they do on old eastern recordings that I have in my collection). Meaning, not too sterile or “classical” in sound.